Vernon B. Smith (1894 - 1969)
Venice, 1919
Gouache on paper, signed and dated lower left

A very early impressionist work by an artist who later became known for abstract figural work and bas-relief wood carvings. Cape cod artist Vernon Smith was born in Cortland, New York and later settled in Orleans, Massachusetts. He studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, in Paris 1918, and with Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown. He was a founder and president of the Cape Cod Art Association and a member of the Provincetown Art Association, a teacher in the Orleans public schools and regional director for the WPA 1934 - 1937. His works are in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Britain Museum, and the Provincetown Art Association.
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